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Watch: Martin Scorsese Talks Lovingly About Film Restoration & How 'The Seven Year Itch' Spurred His Preservation Work

23 November 2012 8:59 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few filmmakers -- or people -- as dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about cinema and its history as Martin Scorsese. A virtual walking encyclopedia about any corner of film lore you can think of, he remains fascinated and excited by movies and filmmakers, but in particular is concerned with making sure the early days of the art form aren't lost to the dusts of time. Through The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation, he has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore films for future generations. Always an immensely compelling person to hear discuss film (just see "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies" or "My Voyage To Italy" if you need proof), this brief little video is worth a spin. Recorded for the upcoming Toute la Mémoire du Monde: Festival International du Film Restauré, where Scorsese was allowed to select a handful of films to be screened, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Martin Scorsese’s 85 Essential Films

24 February 2012 6:06 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’m perfectly content to just label Martin Scorsese one of the most talented filmmakers of all time and call it a day — but I fear that would, ultimately, neglect his status as a true film historian. The living master has already exhibited his vast knowledge and deep understanding of film as an art form in two comprehensive documentaries — A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy — then expressed it to the masses this past fall with a near-masterpiece, Hugo.

It’s mind-boggling to even consider how many films Scorsese‘s seen by the age of 69 — even more interesting, though, would be that exclusive list of his favorites. And while I can’t definitively say if this list supplied to Fast Company (consisting of 85 films) would be identical, I’m nevertheless fascinated to read off these titles, along with the commentary he provides on a select few. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Mark Cousins's "The Story of Film"

1 February 2012 9:14 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"There have been lots of books that tell the history of the movies, but so far almost no films," Mark Cousins told indieWIRE's Peter Knegt last September. We should qualify that statement, of course. As Nick Pinkerton notes in the Voice, there have been documentaries on the history of cinema, though some might filter that history "through the director's particular prejudices or national heritage (Godard's Histoire(s) du Cinéma, finally released on DVD last December; Oshima's 100 Years of Japanese Cinema; A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies). Or it might mean sticking to one facet of the timeline, as in historian Kevin Brownlow's extraordinary work on the medium's adolescence, Hollywood."

That point made, back to Cousins: "You can sit in a room to write a book about movies, but to tell the story of how a flickering Victorian novelty became a global art form on film, you have to travel the world, »

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